This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
It's late May, and some fantasy owners are probably growing frustrated with pitchers who have gotten off to a less than anticipated start. Maybe you built a pitching staff you could've only dreamed about led by genuine aces like Noah Syndergaard and Chris Sale, with your top pick to get it all back together this year, Yu Darvish. And, it doesn't stop there. Sure, he pitches for Colorado, but Kyle Freeland looked awesome last year, and while he'll miss the first couple weeks, Mike Foltynewicz should be a great fifth starter, right? A few weeks later, you look at the smoldering roster sheet, and wonder, what happened? Your "best" pitchers have been repeatedly battered, and you're buried in the standings across most pitching categories, while opposing owners with staffs led by arms like Zach Davies and Jordan Lyles are flying high. What do you do? Trade them? Cut them? There are newcomers out there sprinkling stardust in your eyes! Maybe you should grab a couple of those guys.
Let's start by stepping back, and taking a deep breath. What you've seen, may not be what you'll get over time. Let's take a look at why some of these guys just aren't making it happen, and whether it's likely to be short term, or whether the nightmare will last over the long haul. We'll start with our five early season major disappointments.
"I thought my starting pitching was the strength of my team."
It still could be. Over the course